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Specifications
SPECS
CLASS CODE: ARCH 270 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: ARCHITECTURE & CONSTRUCTION
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: This course will provide in-depth information about the preparation and content of documents within a project manual. It will define and explain different types of contracts and specifications. How to write specifications will be taught and practiced during the course of the class. It will include, but not limited to, subjects like coordinating drawings and specifications, bidding requirements, construction contracts, methods of specifying, substitutions, and warranties. This information is required to take and pass the Construction Document Technology (CDT) certification test.
TAUGHT: Fall, Winter
CONTENT AND TOPICS: - Terminology
- Bidding requirements, contract forms, and conditions of contract
- Certification Specification Institute (CSI)
- Project manual for construction project
- CDT examination
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Specifically, the student who successfully completes this course will be able to identify, describe, or perform the following:
1. Learn terminology associated with the Project manual.
2. Review bidding requirements, contract forms, and conditions of contract; in the residential and commerical construction realms.
3. Have a basic understanding about specifications as recommended by the Certification Specification Institute (CSI).
4. Be able to put together a project manual for a small construction project.
5. Be given the preparation tools for the CDT examination.
REQUIREMENTS: Text: Construction Specifications Writing, 4th Edition, by Harold J. Rosen, John Wiley & Sons, 1999

Evaluation and Grading: What you learn in class supersedes by about ten times the simple grade you receive. During lectures, students are expected to listen and take notes. In evaluation of each students performance and mastery of assignments and course work, the following criteria will be used for student evaluation.
A. Attendance, class participation, attitude, and individual initiative: The college attendance policy is in force. Regular attendance and punctuality will influence the final grade and the level of achievement.

Studies have indicated that grading and attendance have a direct relationship:
a. Missing lectures significantly lowers comprehension of course material, thus performance is decreased.
b. Class participation and involvement is essential to the goals of the course.
c. In past years students with more than a few absences had the lowest grades.

To teach the importance of attendance, pop quizzes shall be given anytime during the lecture time. No make-ups will be allowed unless you have a note from your doctor or mortician.

B. Oral Expression: Your initiative to build your specification vocabulary and the communication of the terminology related to the industry is of vital importance. This will be observed throughout the semester. No specific point value is placed on this aspect. Remember, "The glory of God is intelligence." (D&C 50:24)

C. Assignments: It is very important to keep current with the class schedule of assignments. All homework should be completed before the unit test to give you adequate experience and training to show proficiency. Late assignments will not be accepted. Your assignments are due at a specified date; it is your responsibility to do your own work and complete them on time. See assignment sheet and follow it closely!!

D. Teamwork: Teamwork and partnership is how buildings are completed in the architecture and construction industry. No member of the team is an island; if so, buildings would not be built. You will be assigned to a specific team of class members. One of the members will be chosen as the team captain who will coordinate the group. A variety of assignments will be done through team efforts. Additionally you will be encouraged to use your team as a study group. Through group study, ideas, facts, and remembrance of past lectures can be fully realized. Your task is to help build each other in the team that all may be successful.

E. Worksheets, Quizzes, Tests, and a Final Project: There will be assignments, worksheets, Attendant quizzes, 2 Tests, and a Final Project to evaluate the student's acquired skills and knowledge of the course material. THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP OF QUIZZES. YOU MUST BE IN CLASS TO TAKE THE QUIZ.

All testing dates are posted in your Assignment Sheet, so follow it closely to be prepared when an evaluation is given.

F. Grading: All assignments will be given a point value equivalent to time involved in doing the assignment, posted in the assignment sheet. All points for attendance, assignments, quizzes, tests, and a final project will be totaled and equated to the total points possible in the course. A grade will be given according to the following ranking:

A = 93% & above C- = 72% - 70%
A- = 92% - 90% F = 69% & below
B+ = 87% - 89% I = Incomplete
B = 86% - 83% (Medical reasons only)
B- = 82% - 80%
C+ = 79% - 77%
C = 76% - 73%

To satisfactorily complete the course and reach an acceptable level of mastery, a student must obtain a minimum of 70% grade for the course. Without this level of mastery, the student is at a disadvantage and should retake the class.

Equipment/Materials and Lab Policy:

Three ring binder To keep handouts in one place

"Conduct and Use" Standards for the Drafing Labs:
A. General Requirements:
1. Room organization is not to be changed without permission; drawing boards, computers and chairs should not be moved from assigned areas without permission.
B. Personal Responsibilities:
1. Student interaction is encouraged in sharing ideas and techniques during lab time. This interaction can relate only to the course work. Horseplay or general rowdiness is not acceptable behavior. Students are responsible for equipment, and will be charged for damages or loss incurred through thoughtless or careless activity.
2. THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES ARE NOT CONSIDERED TO BE CONSISTENT WITH CLASS OBJECTIVES:
a. drinking or eating in class & lab areas
b. reading newspapers
c. rowdy or unnecessary conversation
d. individual, non-applicable study during class times.
e. doing homework from other classes
3. Each student is responsible for housekeeping his area -- leave it clean!!

Course Disclaimer: The syllabus and class assignment sheet represent a tentative outline and schedule for this class. the instructor reserves the right to make changes, deletions, corrections, or additions during the course. You will be given notice in advance of any course changes. It is the student's responsibility to be in class when changes are given.

It is the student's responsibility to disclose to the teacher any special needs and/or learning disabilities he/she may have before the first week of class is over.
PREREQUISITES: Arch 100, Arch 102, Arch 160, Const 120, Sophomore status
OTHER: Manual of Practice, by Construction Specifications Institute
Workbook - ARCH 270, by Garth Jensen, BYU - Idaho 2004
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2003